Voyages from I to Thou.

Location: Skellig Michel, Ireland

Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Old Irish love poem

O God, that I and my love
of the smooth white breast were together.
And none awake in the land of Ireland,
Men and women deep in sleep
While my love and I make play!
O fair-hued and loveliest of women,
O guiding star of my destiny,
I shall never believe from priest or brother
That there is sin in making love …

… Never will death come near us,
In the middle of the fragrant wood.

-- O Tuama, an Irish love poet,
from "An Gra in Amhrain,"
transl. Prosinias Mac Cana


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